The most exciting place to start and grow your business.

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The Roux Institute is reinventing the way universities support entrepreneurs. We’re launching startups, driving talent development, and supercharging industry in Maine. When you join us, you will have unparalleled access to our global research community and expansive entrepreneurship ecosystem backed by our network of founders, investors, mentors, and partners.

Let’s work together to make Maine the most exciting place to start and grow your business. 

Venture creation and acceleration

Through our Roux Institute Techstars Accelerator, Founder Residency, and Co-Creation Lab, the Roux Institute mentors, supports, and invests in technology companies that will change the world.

Our Roux Institute Techstars Accelerator offers immersive learning to speed up the innovation cycle, compressing years of learning-by-doing into three months.

Our one-year Founder Residency brings the best of Northeastern to Maine, connecting early-stage businesses to resources and best practices from across the university’s global network. The Roux Institute’s 2021 residency companies are:

We are now accepting applications for the 2022 Founder Residency Cohort. Apply here. 

In our Co-Creation Lab, high-potential entrepreneurs and members of our academic and research network collaborate to build companies from the ground up.

Community and ecosystem

Maine is home to a vibrant startup technology ecosystem. Learning and networking are critical to supporting this innovation economy. We’re committed to giving you the opportunities you need to grow, launch, and sustain your business.

Our programming—which includes founder bootcamps, summer immersion programs, design thinking workshops, events, and more—is designed to support you no matter what launch stage you are at.


The Roux Institute is transforming Maine’s startup workforce by attracting new talent to Maine, investing in the talent that’s already here, and fostering deep connections across all layers of the network.

Our Innovation Associates get the hands-on experience they need related to starting and growing a business so that they are prepared to contribute to the Maine startup economy. They split their time between driving the Roux Institute’s entrepreneurship initiatives and working with portfolio companies from the Accelerator, Residency, and Lab as part of our paid one-year associate program. From fintech, to aquaculture, to bioscience, Maine’s innovative startup companies are developing cutting edge products and services.

We welcome subject-matter-experts to join the Roux Institute as an advisor or mentor.

The Roux Institute's entrepreneurship platform is a game-changer. Their dedication to developing the ecosystem will help us compete on a national level and make Maine more attractive to founders and investors.

Katie Shorey

President, Startup Maine

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